Saint Michael The Archangel
In Garland, Texas!
Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church believes that God’s saving presence is made visible in Christ Jesus and that God touches all people through the mystery of the Risen Christ and His kingdom. We believe that by proclaiming the Gospel, worshipping, building community and serving others, we participate in the mystery of Christ among us.
On May 29, 1980, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church was established by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Thomas Tschoepe, D.D., Bishop of Dallas, who appointed The Reverend Robert J. Curran founding pastor of the parish. The first years of the new parish saw weekend celebrations of Mass at the VFW in Garland. “Old-timers” remember well going to Mass on Sunday morning with the smell of beer wafting in from an adjoining room.
September 5, 1980, the first Mass within the parish boundaries was celebrated in a chapel, converted from the garage of the newly-purchased rectory on Trails. Attendance continued to grow, and on October 18, 1981, groundbreaking for a new church building took place at 950 Trails Parkway. Construction was concluded in August, and on the seventh day of that month, the church was dedicated to the glory of God and for the people of St. Michael’s parish.
Another important moment in the life of the parish came on August 14, 1988, when ground was broken for a new parish hall. Although construction of the new building caused significant disruption, there was only joy when, on October 1, 1989, the new parish hall was dedicated for use.
St. Michael’s Church has been blessed with priests who have led us in our spiritual journey in becoming close to Christ. We are grateful for those men who have served our parish:
Father Robert Curran, Pastor
Father James Sharp, Parochial Vicar
Father Ronald Bratt, Parochial Vicar
Msgr. Leon Duesman, Pastor
Father John Haugh, Parochial Vicar
Father Marcus Chidozie, Priest-in-Residence
Father James Sharp, Priest-in-Charge
Father Peter Chinnappan, Pastoral Administrator
Father Jacob Dankasa, Parochial Vicar
Father Joseph A. Mehan Jr. Pastor 2008
Father Joseph Nedumankuzhiyil, Priest-in-Residence
Our first thirty years have been filled with challenges and joy. Our parish has grown significantly as the years have passed. With the Grace of God, the generous donations of parishioners and Father Sharp’s love for music, a pipe organ was installed in 2004. On May 1, 2005, we celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary with a Mass depicting our ethnic diversity. We have seen many happy events as well as some sad occasions. Trusting in God’s goodness, we look forward to even greater achievements for the Faith in the future.
Rev. Joseph A. Mehan, Jr.
Priest in Residence
Rev. Joseph Nedumankuzhiyil
Priest in Residence
Deacon Andrew M. Pena
Joe R. Perez
Rev. Mr. Roshan Fernandes
We are currently recruiting new members to donate a side dish, help set up, serve and clean up after funeral meals, which are offered to all families having a funeral at St. Michael. A sandwich meal is offered, with all ingredients for sandwiches donated by the church. Pasta salads, green salads, and desserts are donated by parishioners on the funeral meals list.
Help is needed, especially with setting up, serving, and cleaning up after the meals.
For more information about the Funeral Meals Ministry,
contact Mary Gaines, at
[email protected] or (972) 279-6581, Ext. 10.